slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (Default)
I stopped posting here and on FB both, when Spicer-kitty was gone. IDK. I just didn't feel like talking much. Life has been okay since then. This summer has yet to be a disaster like the previous three, though the ending is going to be a bit dicey thanks to work.

Temporary kitty, flying back to TX for a wedding this weekend, work update for all my titles, and a developed tweak to my manga method. )

One page at a time. *deep breath in and out* And on that note, back to work for me.
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (Default)
I've really flaked on the posting more often, huh? Sorry to say I lost an LJ friend recently, but I gained a new one. C: Can't really complain! Thank you to everyone who has kept me on their reading/friends list, even though I don't talk much here these days. :P

Work-wise, things are...interesting. I finished Natsume 17's first draft a few days early. Now I'm waiting on corrections. Voice 7 is almost done, nicely on time. For Seraph, the mad dash of all those chapters in a row is finally over this Monday with chapter 21--OMGYAY--and now I have a week off before it's time to letter the first of the now-monthly chapters, with #22. (Seraph is monthly in Japan, so it's monthly here now that we've caught up on all the previously published-in-Japan chapters.)

Sounds like things are in pretty good shape, right? Welp, now let me tell you about Clay. Clay 25 is running behind. The constant Seraph chapters were a real drain on my time, and now I'm paying for it. This volume of Clay is due on June 2nd, and it's going to be interesting meeting that. Particularly since I'm trying to have a life and see IRL friends more than twice a month. ^^;;

I have made one big change with Clay: in all the previous volumes, hand-drawn "organic" sound effects were original to every page. With all my other titles--all the way back to Nana--I save FX and reuse them where I can. It's a big time-saver. I figured Clay was too varied to try that, but the opposite is true. I've always said Clay is like busywork. When it comes to creating the English FX and retouching the artwork, Clay rarely makes me stop and think. It's straight-forward, and I have it down to a science. (Granted, a slow science, but yeah.) And thus, I've begun saving my organic Clay FX for use on more than one page. It's already saved me some good time, even in the ~20 pages I've done so far.

The vast majority of readers won't notice the reusing. For one thing, I don't reuse an FX within 50 pages of a previous use. In fact, I doubt anyone but me would ever know I started this, if I hadn't said it here! Heh. When 25 is released, feel free to play "spot the duplicate FX" and ask me if you're right. ^^V

But when Clay 25 is done, I have to scramble to finish Seraph volume 3, which is when I add FX for the GN version. Fun times.

I'm still hoping this summer will be good for me, since the previous three sucked.

This weekend, I saw two IRL friends! On Saturday, knastymike and I went to a German restaurant. It was DELICIOUS! I must go back, even though it's a little pricey, and a drive! YUM. Then today, I drove to mab's house and we walked around her neighborhood and talked fandom, and house buying, and all sorts of fun stuff. ^^

A satisfying weekend, all around! And now, back to Clay 25. Wheeee!
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (chibi s2m)
I've been asked several times in the past month how I do what I do, so I decided I should resume the My Manga Method series I started back on '07 and get around to finishing it. That way I can just point people to the tag and not have to retype it over and over!

So! Now we have the translation, we have the Japanese pages, and we have our key sheet. Time for math!

Part IV: the daily page quota )
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (chibi s2m)

This third step in my work method is the most important because it determines my work load for the entire volume. As such it is the one that enables me to meet my deadlines without killing myself, and has taken the longest for me to develop. And I'm still tweaking!

Part III: the key sheet )
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (chibi s2m)
So I have the script. Now I need the book's pages. No, I don't work on actual paper, I mean the digital pages, which are scans of the original paper work submitted by the mangaka. (Yes, some mangaka are all-digital, but I've still never lettered for one yet.)

Part II: the Japanese pages )
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (chibi s2m)

I've been debating on whether I should share my work process for how I letter manga for some time (would it be presumptuous? Would it be boring??), and after a comment from Rice-kun and some thinking on my part, I've decided to go with it. I think it's interesting myself. I know if I were still a "civilian", I'd be fascinated to learn how manga is converted into English.

An intro: I've been lettering manga for two years now, and I've developed this system from sheer necessity to make my deadlines without killing myself. X_x So let's begin!
 

Part I: the script )

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